Ayn Rand doesn't preach; she shows you what she means. At the beginning of the story I felt as innocent as the main characters; at the end I, like them, started to understand her point. Have you ever felt that the higher a person climbs, the more others want to make him fall?
Is it because the brilliance of greatness lengthens other men's shadows? Do people feel less, because others are more?
Ayn Rand cast a specific scenario:
Because Rearden was a genius, he was rich, and his factories hired masses of people. But he was criticized and insulted. "He just came up with the idea; all he did was the thinking. His employees do the work, they make it happen. He ought to divide his wealth amongst all. Who does he think he is?"
The critics failed to realise that thousands of people had livelihoods because of one man's ideas. The worst of them knew this truth, but continued their line of attack, because Rearden himself believed what they said.
But a mysterious force begins taking away the men of ideas, leaving behind the rest. You (the masses) say we (the men of ideas) are not needed. Fine, we shall disappear.
At some points, characters speak for twenty pages long. Ayn Rand explains and finally crystallizes her points here. It is a great deal more than I can fit into a tiny review. The points she makes are salient and relevant, and I think it's a worthwhile read for any person. Five stars!!
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